Ikop Ningthou Kangjei Polo Club (INKPC), Khangabok edged out Thoubal District Polo Association (TDPA)-C by 6-5 goals in the opening match of the 2nd Thoubal District Polo Tournament organised under the aegis of the Manipur Horse Riding and Polo Association (MHRPA) at Tekcham Polo ground.
The inaugural function of the knock-out tournament was attended by Pradhan of Tekcham GP, Langpoklakpam Iboyaima Singh; vice president of MHRPA, RK Dilip and social worker, Naorem Kabilal as chief guest, functional president and guest of honour respectively.
I Kalun and N Rohit scored three goals each in INKPC’s 6-5 win which ensured the last 8 stage tickets of the competition participated by 9 teams.
It was a neck and neck encounter for the two sides as both teams were locked at 2-2 till the first chukker and 4-4 till fourth chukker which forced the game to extend to fifth and deciding chukker.
I Kalun scored two of his INKPC’s goals in the first chukker before L Abhishek and M Bikram added a goal apiece for TDPA-C in the dying minutes of the chukker.
TDPA-C drew blank in the second chukker which saw N Rohit open his account to give INKPC a 3-2 lead till halfway.
W Khambaton and M Bikram then scored a goal each in the third chukker for TDPA-C while I Kalun completed his treble to make it 4-4 till the end of the third chukker.
M Bikram then chipped in his third goal for the losing side in the fourth chukker after N Rohit too found two goals back to back in the fifth chukker to make it 6-4 .
Samurou Polo Club will play TDPA-B in the first quarter final match tomorrow from 1 pm before Khuman Polo Club, Mayang Imphal take on Tentha Polo Club in the second quarter final match from 2 pm .